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Opening Weekend Of 'Infinity War' Sets U.S., International Records

The 2-hour-and-40 minute-long "Infinity War" is one of the largest films ever assembled, with a production budget reportedly almost $300 million.

April 30, 2018 - 11:49 am

NEW YORK (KMOX/AP) — The superhero smorgasbord "Avengers: Infinity War" opened with predictable shock and awe, earning $250 million in box office over the weekend and edging past "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to set the highest opening weekend of all-time.

"Infinity War," which brings together some two dozen superheroes in the 10-year culmination of Marvel Studio's "cinematic universe," also set a new global opening record with $630 million even though it's yet to open in China, the world's second-largest movie market. It opens there May 11.

The 2-hour-and-40 minute-long "Infinity War" is one of the largest films ever assembled. With a production budget reportedly almost $300 million, Joe and Anthony Russo's film brings together the stars of Marvel's superhero stable, including Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther, Chris Evans' Captain America, Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, and many more.

According to the Walt Disney Co.'s estimates Sunday, "Infinity War" overwhelmed the previous global best ("The Fate of the Furious" with $541.9 million) but narrowly topped "The Force Awakens" in North America. The "Star Wars" reboot debuted with $248 million in 2015, which would translate to about $260 million accounting for inflation.

But both intergalactic behemoths belong to Disney, which now owns nine of the top 10 opening weekends ever — six belonging to Marvel releases. That includes "Black Panther," which has grossed $1.3 billion since opening in February and still managed to rank fifth at this weekend's box office, thanks partially to Marvel fans self-programming a double-feature.

The film also set records in a number of categories in both the U.S. and international markets: 

Biggest Domestic Opening of All Time

$258 million in its first weekend.

Biggest Worldwide Opening of All Time 

Add in $382.7 million of overseas sales and that's a global total of $640.9 million — $100 million more than the previous record holder, The Fate of the Furious ($541.9 million).

Thanks to a day-and-date debut in China — where Infinity War doesn't open until May 11 — Fate of the Furious still boasts the top international opening with $443.2 million (which included $184.9 million from the Middle Kingdom). Infinity War ranks as the No. 2 foreign bow of all time.

Biggest Superhero Opening of All Time

Marvel's original Avengers film was the previous record holder ($207.4 million), with DC's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($422.5 million) was the top international superhero film.

Biggest Opening of All Time in Numerous Markets

Infinity War scored the highest debut ever in South Korea ($39.2 million), Mexico ($25.1 million), Brazil ($18.8 million), the Philippines ($12.5 million), Thailand ($10 million), Indonesia ($9.6 million) and Malaysia ($8.4 million). In India ($18.6 million). Infinity War was the No. 2 in Australia ($23 million), behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Avengers: Infinity War," $250 million ($380 million international).

2. "A Quiet Place," $10.7 million ($6.6 million international).

3. "I Feel Pretty," $8.1 million ($1.4 million international).

4. "Rampage," $7.1 million ($16.2 million international).

5. "Black Panther," $4.4 million.

6. "Super Troopers 2," $3.6 million.

7. "Truth or Dare," $3.2 million ($2.8 million international).

8. "Blockers," $2.9 million ($1.6 million international).

9. "Ready Player One," $2.4 million ($8.6 million international).

10. "Traffik," $1.6 million.